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Ashibetsu Kenka Yamakasa

Ashibetsu Kenka Yamakasa Hokkaido (July)

Ashibetsu Kenka Yamagasa started when young persons enthralled with the “Hakata Gion Yamakasa” festival decided to start a similar festival that would “bring people together” in their own town. During the event, it is traditional for attendees to stop by a giant yew tree called “Kogane Mizumatsu” that has long been regarded by the Ainu as sacred, in order to pray for the good health of citizens. The original festival recognizes this festival to be its only “sibling” in the entire country.

Access

Around JR Ashibetsu station, Hon-cho, Ashibetsu City, Hokkaido

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By Train

Approx. 1 hr 40 min. from Sapporo station, JR Hakodate Main Line to Ashibetsu station. Short walk from the station.

By Car

From Takikawa interchange of the Hokkaido Expressway take National Route 38 for approx. 30

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